John Perrotto

Heredia Progressing Quickly For Pirates

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Luis Heredia could hear what Pirates farm director Larry Broadway was saying but he was just having a hard time comprehending the news.<br/>The Pirates, known for slowly advancing their prospects through the farm system, pulled a surprise last June when they assigned Heredia to short-season State College. Heredia, who did not turn 18 until August, had pitched just 30 innings for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Pirates in his professional debut in 2011.

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Pirates Add Oliver And Robinson

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The two trades weren't the kind that might gain Pirates general manager Neal Huntington the nickname "Wheel and Deal Neal." However, acquiring a pair of stalled prospects—lefthander Andrew Oliver from the Tigers and first baseman Clint Robinson from the Royals—is the kind of low-risk, high-reward move Huntington likes to make as the GM of a small-market team that has had 20 consecutive losing seasons.

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Pirates Defend Boot Camp Training

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The Pirates took a non-traditional approach to the first three days of their instructional league camp and it raised plenty of eyebrows around the game. The Pirates' prospects did not take part in any baseball drills for those three days. Instead, they underwent intensive Navy SEAL physical training that included six-man teams carrying telephone poles across the beach on Anna Maria Island off the coast of Bradenton.

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Jordy Mercer Learning In The Big Leagues

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The Pirates are big believers of keeping their prospects in the minor leagues to get regular playing time until they are truly needed in the major leagues. An exception to that rule has been shortstop Jordy Mercer, who has spent much of the season in the major leagues with limited playing time. He had appeared in 23 games and logged 47 plate appearances, after playing in 56 games and getting 236 trips to the plate for Indianapolis. Mercer hit .287/.357/.421 for the Indians and was selected to play in the Triple-A all-star game.

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Pirates Hang Onto Prospects At Deadline

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Neal Huntington did some tightrope walking in the days and hours leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. The Pirates general manager tried to improve his major league club as it attempts to make the postseason—and have a winning season—for the first time since 1992. Yet he tried to make additions to the roster without sacrificing talent from a farm system that has gone from one of baseball's worst when Huntington took over late in the 2007 season to one of the best.

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